A Red Berry in the Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I think it’s a little silly how often I mention the weather and the seasons in my posts, given that it’s a “doll blog”. But how could I not mention that we’ve had our first snow this winter? ๐Ÿ™‚ Outdoor doll photography has proven to be very closely tied to the weather conditions, and finally, weather has deliveredย  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The snow only lasted three days, so, knowing the forecast, I prepared ahead by sewing a winter coat. I had initially planned to use the one from the last year, but it seemed too big! I did make it extra wide to fit a fluffy sweater underneath…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the new one, I used the pattern which originally came from ninnuskadesign.blogspot.fi. Unfortunately, the blog appears to have been closed. However, if you google ‘ninnuska’ and ‘animators’ you’ll still be able to find the pattern floating around the web. The one which says ‘takki’ is the coat/jacket in question. ‘Huppa’ means ‘hood’, and ‘hiha’ is the sleeve. The pattern does not have a seam allowance included.

You’ll find two versions of the sleeve – I used the straight one.

I also made the coat a little bit longer – perhaps about 1cm longer.

I found the hood to be a little tight – maybe that’s just me, but I feel like it wouldn’t hurt to add at least 0,5cm more space around the outline (and then the seam allowance on top of it).

Even though I decided to make slight adjustment, I think this is a great pattern, and I will likely come back to it in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The outfit kind of makes the doll look like the Little Red Riding Hood, but that wasn’t intentional. Red is just such a cute colour for a little girl’s coat – even if she’s made out of plastic. It makes her look like red berries in the snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found the gloves in a dollar store (Sort of. I don’t pay in dollars. I mean a cheap-Chinese-import-shop). They were keychains, but they fit surprisingly well. It’s definitely a good idea to check such places for doll accessory miracles.

 

I had already taken winter photos with Belle last year, so I was hoping to take along Rapunzel this time. Unfortunately, I found that the red really clashed with her complexion. I actually encounter this problem a lot with my Animators’ dolls. It’s best to check the fabric ahead against the doll’s skin vinyl.

I hope I will have another opportunity to put Rapunzel in the snow. Although… taking photos at their eye level means getting down on your knees, or lower, in the cold, cold snow and I’ve developed a very slight distaste for thatย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

If I do get out again, I sure will keep you postedย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Disney (Doll) on Ice

Unfortunately, I don’t have any tiny ice skates lying around, so no skating was involved.

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As a French girl, Belle more than deserves a beret. I’d say it suits her, too.

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The sweater was made from one of my favorite gloves, after I lost the other one. The bottom of the glove became the turtleneck. It actually did not have an opening in the back, so I had to pull it up through her hips. It was so hard to squeeze the arms in that I was afraid they might pop out, so at the end of the day I decided to simply cut her out of it. Rest in peace, favorite gloves/Norwegian doll sweater.

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Depending on the outfit, sometimes I forget it’s a toddler doll, but in the photo above she definitely looks small and helpless.

DSCF7072bApparently there are beavers in the area.

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The wool cap is the only item of clothing I did not make. It was made some 20 years ago by my aunt Marlena for my favorite teddy bear. I think she’d be pleased to know it is still used ๐Ÿ™‚

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Belle Animators WinterUnfortunately, I did not notice that Belle’s collar is messed up in a lot of pictures, which is a shame especially that it also shows its imperfections – it’s the first collar I’ve ever sewn, plus it was improvised without a pattern.

I think that the reason I missed some details in the pictures is that I was quite distracted trying to avoid people. I greatly enjoy photographing dolls out in the real world, but it makes me feel very self-aware ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

A New Year’s Walk

This Christmas, I received my first, long awaited Disney Animator’s Collection doll. I love snow, so when I woke up on New Year’s morning and saw a thin layer outside I couldn’t resist taking Belle for the first photo shoot in the park.

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The cloak is something I put together last minute – more or less a semi-circle of felt gathered at the neck.

The shoes are made according to the pattern at iiven ihmetykset. Since I used glue instead of thread, I removed the seam allowance.

The tights were made from a sock ๐Ÿ™‚

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03 Belle Animators snow

And so our adventure in the great wide somewhere begins ๐Ÿ™‚